The Care and Maintenance of Ceramic Coatings for Cars

The Care and Maintenance of Ceramic Coatings for Cars

There are several reasons to consider a ceramic coating for your automobile. Chief among those reasons include:

  • Improved durability for your car’s paint job
  • Improved appearance
  • Maintain and likely increase the resale value
  • Easier maintenance for you, the owner

Even though ceramic coatings improve your car’s appearance and ensure easier maintenance, you still have to do some maintenance if you want to keep your car looking great and see that resale value rise.

No, the care and maintenance aren’t demanding, but there still are things you need to do to make sure your ceramic coating from Bob Moses Ceramic Coating does what it’s supposed to do.

What Ceramic Coatings Are and Do

A lot of people unfamiliar with ceramic coatings will often compare them to a car’s paint job. This isn’t a bad way to think about ceramic coatings in the broader scheme of things. But it’s better to think of them as an extra layer of protection.

In other words:

Paint protects the steel frame of an automobile from corrosion and damage, whereas a ceramic coating protects and maintains the paint. Yes, a ceramic coating is a liquid, but it isn’t paint. It doesn’t hide scratches or fix paint chips or other damage. Instead, ceramic coatings act as paint protection that benefits your car’s exterior overall. Initially applied as a liquid, they are then allowed to cure, creating a hard, durable layer of protection over the surface of your car’s paint.

Ceramic Coating Maintenance

When it comes to ceramic coating maintenance, you must remember there are different phases of care you must complete at different points in the ceramic coating’s curing cycle. What you do 24 hours after a new coat is applied is different than what you need to do after a full year with the coating.

The most important time after a new ceramic coat is applied is the first 48 hours followed by the next seven days. Within the first 48 hours of curing, your car is drivable, but you should avoid exposure to water and anything that usually causes you to wash your car (dirty roads, construction areas, trees full of birds, etc.).

After 48 hours, you still want to limit your ceramic coating’s exposure to those same things as much as possible for another seven days to complete curing and hardening. This will ensure your ceramic coating reaches its hardness (and protection) level without any issues. If you have to clean your car during this period, it’s recommended you hand wash with clean, non-hard water and pH-neutral soap.

Once the first seven days pass, ceramic coating maintenance recommendations include:

  1. Wash your car to remove dirt and grime. Use a pH-neutral soap and two microfiber towels to avoid scratching the surface. One towel is used for soapy water and the other for clean water.
  2. If you have a large vehicle or RV, wash using a foam cannon with a pressure washer if possible.
  3. Dry your car to prevent water spots. Use two more microfiber towels to first absorb water and then dry.
  4. Avoid using chemicals such as harsh cleaners or degreasers. These can strip the coating or cause it to deteriorate over time.
  5. Avoid washing and drying in direct sunlight.
  6. Use a wax or sealant designed for use on ceramic coatings to add an extra layer of protection to your coating every 3 – 4 months.
  7. Avoid going to automated car washes.

Ceramic Coating Lifespan

Yes, the lifespan of a car’s ceramic coating does depend on several factors, including the quality of the initial coating and the local climate where the car is kept and driven. However, few factors are as important as the attention, care, and maintenance the coating receives from the car’s owner.

To get the most out of your ceramic coating, it’s important to follow the care and maintenance guidelines provided for your ceramic coating. By following these guidelines, you’ll help extend the lifespan of the ceramic coating and keep your car looking vibrant.

With our product and professional application along with your consistent care, you’ll have a coating that lasts up to eight years!

Contact Us Today!

A ceramic coating is worth considering if you want to keep your car looking its best and protect or increase its value. If you’re interested or would like more information on ceramic coatings, don’t hesitate to reach out to us! The professionals at Bob Moses Ceramic Coating are ready to help!

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